Is Bustos Really Taking Medicare Away from IL-17 Seniors?

Press Release

Date: July 31, 2014
Location: East Moline, IL

Congresswoman and Obamacare supporter Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) has mostly avoided discussing her support for the President's failed health care law during her first term. However, her campaign manager, Jeremy Jansen, couldn't help himself on Monday as he defended Obamacare and argued that we need to "move forward" on implementing the law.

Jansen plead ignorance to the increased cost of health insurance that hard-working taxpayers are now facing, instead launching into a series of generic talking points against Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) in an effort to change the subject.

Jansen should be praised for his noble effort at damage control by trying to deflect attention from Bustos' support for Obamacare--after all, his boss not only supports higher insurance rates for hard-working taxpayers, but she also supports taking Medicare away from seniors living on a fixed income.

Politifact famously called President Obama's empty promise "if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan" the 2013 Lie of the Year. That's because millions of Americans are losing their health insurance under Obamacare. This empty promise is now affecting seniors on Medicare Advantage as well because of the $700 billion in cuts to Medicare written into the President's failed health care law. Nearly half of the 15 million seniors on Medicare Advantage are projected to lose their coverage by 2017.

Bobby Schilling, candidate for Congress in the Illinois 17th District, said that Medicare should be preserved and protected from politicians like Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) who are hellbent on destroying it.

"Medicare is on a collision course with bankruptcy, and Cheri Bustos is driving the car right toward it," Schilling said. "I disagree with the Congresswoman--I do not support cutting $700 billion from Medicare to promote the President's failed health care law. I do not support destroying Medicare Advantage as we know it. A promise made is a promise kept, and I am committed to keeping Medicare and Social Security solvent for current and future generations."

Jon Schweppe, communications director at Bobby Schilling for Congress, said that Bustos has the wrong priorities and is displaying a complete lack of regard for her struggling constituents.

"It's bad enough that Cheri Bustos wants to crush hard-working taxpayers with ridiculous health insurance rate increases, but now she's going after seniors living on a fixed income, too," Schweppe said. "Why hasn't Cheri Bustos introduced a bill to reverse the $700 billion to Medicare cuts? Why won't she help the more than seven million seniors who are set to lose their Medicare Advantage coverage? Cheri Bustos continues to put loyalty to Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama first, while displaying a complete disregard for seniors living on a fixed income and hard-working taxpayers living paycheck to paycheck."